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nine days, the u.s. government is finally calling the consulate attack in benghazi, an act of terrorism. the fbi now on the ground in libya. here's the latest. >> caller: good evening, larry, the fbi has arrived in tripoli, libya where they are carrying out an investigation. certainly on the ground there, they will try to visit the u.s. consulate and perhaps speak to libyans who were either security guards at the compound or eyewitnesses. libyan officials tell us that they have about 50 individuals that are in their custody. but keep in mind, these are not necessarily suspects, but people who could have valuable information as to who was -- according to libyan officials and others, early indications suggest that it might have been a group that was a very religious group but since then has become slightly more extreme, even by libyan standards. the group itself denies that it had know operational link to that group. the group also is within itself somewhat divided and there's no doubt that in the coming days we'll learn more about it and what role they have in this attack that seems to b
should have been obvious from the outset. listen to this. >> what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack and we will not rest until we bring to justice the terrorists who murdered the americans. >> former assistant secretary of defense peter brooks who worked for the bush administration. i want to give the obama administration the benefit of the doubt. it is a little bit strange that maybe a terrorist act that now looked like it had some planning was occurring at the same time that the movie was out and it was the separate demonstrations were occurring in other places and initially, were they just jumping to conclusions when they didn't know or was it something more devious than that in claiming that it wasn't planned or it was from a demonstration? what do you think? >> i can't channel the obama administration, joe. i'm the wrong guy for that, but my concern is that they did not want to admit that it was a terrorist act. it took ten days for the secretary of state to come out and say it was a terrorist act. all they got was a filibuster and they didn't know anything more than the
in benghazi. and really, it was very apparent, larry, very early on that this was a pre-planned attack. the libyan president said it was a pre-planned attack. and you have the ambassador of the united nations for the united states coming on and misleading the public. basically we have sent a letter to ambassador rice to explain herself. >> you know, there's a story out today, i didn't know if you saw it, senator, but the story essentially was that the united states government within 24 hours knew it was a pre-planned terrorist attack. your thought on that. because that indicts rice and whomever else was in this cover-up even more. >> that's right. ambassador rice came on the sunday morning programs and said that, in fact, it was a spontaneous reaction of course to the video. and in no way was an expression of hostility toward america. and you have to say killing four american heroes, quite honestly, attacking our consulate, if that's not hostility toward america, i don't know what it is. so, no, i think it's pretty apparent that the administration must have known, had information, and
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